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University of Colorado

Publication Date

Spring 2017

Program Name

Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender


The right to the highest form of healthcare is one of the most essential rights a person should have. It should be accessible to all human beings, and it appears this is not the case when it comes from the transgender population in the Netherlands and the U.S. In addition to transitional health care needs like hormonal treatment and surgery, transgender people require the same variety of general health care needs as many other groups of individuals. When obstacles create stigma within health care providing facilities, transgender individuals may be less inclined or discouraged to seek the care they need. This research is relevant for both healthcare providers as well as those involved in public health policy. Whether it be in the United States or internationally, the stigma and micro-aggressions combined with the lack of knowledge with regard to transgender issues within the sphere of healthcare is hurting the health of transgender populations worldwide. It is important to research this issue to gain a better understanding of where these faults lie, to improve the quality of health, and the quality of life for all those involved. The objective of this study is to is to provide suggestions for improving accessibility to the right to the highest form of healthcare for transgender individuals and to provide a basis for further research in the Netherlands.


Family, Life Course, and Society | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | International and Area Studies | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Medicine and Health | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Public Health Education and Promotion


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